The robbery suspect said the cash police found in his backpack wasn’t from the holdup of a Tacoma convenience store, it was from selling drugs.
Police arrested Marcus Williams on Monday after stopping him near North I Street, where a 7-Eleven store was held up about 1:30 a.m.
On Tuesday, Williams, 19, pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He was ordered jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.
The store clerk told officers a man with a gun hidden in his jacket pocket demanded money from the cash register and then ran.
An officer using a dog to search the area spotted Williams and stopped him because he was wearing shorts in 40-degree weather and carrying a backpack, according to charging papers.
Inside the backpack were pants and a windbreaker that matched the description of what the robber was wearing, as well as a BB gun, cash, methamphetamine and marijuana, records state.
“The defendant said all the cash in the backpack was his, and he had made it by selling methamphetamine and marijuana,” Pierce County prosecutors wrote in court documents.
Police reviewed surveillance video and said they were able to match Williams’ shoes and baseball hat to what the robber wore during the holdup.